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DUKA'S DILEMMA
By Jean Lydall and Kaira Strecker

Duka is a married woman and mother of five young children, living in Hamar, Southern Ethiopia. Ever since her husband married a beautiful, young, second wife, Duka has been in a state of emotional turmoil. Among the Hamar, who live with herds and cultivate small fields of sorghum in their remote, bush-covered country, men are allowed to marry more than one wife, but only a few men ever do so.

Duka wonders why her husband married again; did he find her too old, or was he turned off because of her chronic malaria? Also, she doesn't know what to make of the new wife who is silent and never expresses her feelings except in rage? And on top of this, her mother-in-law keeps making trouble and is angry with her son for marrying a second wife behind her back.

Personal and intimate, the film follows the drama of this family in crisis, the high points of which are the birth of the new wife's child, and nine months later, a heated dispute between the mother-in-law and her son, which leads to the building of a new house.

Duka, her husband, her mother-in-law and the second wife voice their different points of view as events proceed and the crisis finally gets resolved. The language of the film is Hamar, and is translated by subtitles. There is no need for extra commentary from the filmmakers, whose presence and close relationship to the people are always evident.

Festivals
~ Premiere, Ethnographic Film Week, Goethe Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2002
~ Cinema du Reel, Paris, 2002
~ Gottingen International Ethnographic Film Festival, Germany, 2002
~ Beeld voor Beeld Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2002
~ Flahertiana - International Documentary Film Festival Perm, Russia, 2002
~ TV broadcast, WDR, Germany, 7.31.2002
~ Internationales Dokumentarfilm Festival Salekhard, Russia, 2002
~ 23rd Nordic Anthropological Film Association Conference & Festival, Finland, 2002
~ Academia Film Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2002
~ Neugart Film Festival, Germany, 2002
~ Margaret Mead Film Festival, New York, 2002
~ Northeastern Anthropological Association Film Festival, Burlington, Vermont, 2003
~ 13th Festival Cinema Africano, Milan, Italy, 2003
~ The Royal Anthropological Institue Film Prize, 8th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, London, 2003
~ Parnu Documentary Film Festival, Estonia, 2003
~ DocSide Touring Film Festival, 2003
~ 3 Continents International Documentary Film Festival, South Africa, 2003
~ Documentary & Ethnographic Film Festival of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2003
~ International Black Women's Film Festival, San Francisco, 2004
~ South Film Festival, Israel, 2004
~ Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzania, 2004

Awards
~ Award of Excellence, Society for Visual Anthropology Screening Program, New Orleans, 2002
~ National Centre for Cinematography Award, Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania, 2002
DVD (Color, With English subtitles)
87 minutes
2001
 
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